Thursday, September 9, 2021

September 8, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Literacy Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not September 8, 2021       

            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 223 million at  223,198,668 cases; 18,849,327 of which are active, 204,349,341  closed with 199,742,546 recoveries (97.75% and 97.74% yesterday, and 4,606,795 deaths (2.25% and 2.26% yesterday) to continue the low trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus, dips, and rises.
            CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 41 million at 41,294,680  with 9,018,579 active cases of which 25,708 are serious or critical, (8,599 on 3/25/2021) (end of slight one day  down tick from the  serious upswing due to Delta virus to .285 % of active cases and to decrease the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 3,563,  32,275,921 closed, with 670,395 deaths (2.08%) and with 31,605,526 recoveries (97.92%). Our death rate percentage is now .17% lower than the world’s death rate.
             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady   but slow climb to 2011 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5925) the new number 1 which has had a quantum leap in deaths previously unmatched which was a change in the classification to give Peru the a new method of reporting to have a fatality rate of 9.26% of total cases now; Hungary the new number 2 has had a huge continuing surge in deaths with the increase now slowing down and improving slightly to  3.77% of its closed cases have died (3124), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2798),   Brazil (2726) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Argentina (2470),  Columbia newly added to the list  (2433),   Belgium (2183), Italy (2149), Mexico (2027), Poland (1995), and slightly better than the UK which we just passed on the 18th  (1957),  Chile (1922), Romania (1823), Spain (1820),  Ecuador newly added to list (1801),  France (1761), Portugal (1754), Bolivia 1561),  Sweden (1441) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1261). 
              Tests: We have now conducted 598,461,375 tests (1,795,556/M) just passed by France at 1,975,690 who is now 1st  on a per capital basis for all nations (other than those nations that contain small populations like Bahrain, Denmark, Israel, Malta, Singapore and UAE) other than the U.K. which remains as king of the mountain with respect to tests at 4,088,973/M.
               CV Open Gate: Lost in the pronouncements by Biden and his lackeys  that there is no crisis of illegals surging across the border is that fact that COVID-19 is alive and well and spreading in the Northern Triangle and Mexico which has been passed by Argentina and newly added Columbia but passed the UK  to move up to 9th  on my list of deaths from the pandemic   at 2027/M with a fatality rate of 8.55% of closed cases and the 3 countries in the Northern Triangle in terms of active cases and deaths per million are as follows even though the data may be suspect as underreported (regardless of number we need no more cases):
                     Guatemala:  Active Cases:  47,647 Deaths/M 677
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 230,607 Deaths/M 910
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:   11,742 Deaths/M 458   
             US Vaccinations: As of 9/8/2021 377.0 million doses,  .811 million per day (down to 4 months to go for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 83,496  per day  (which means if the rate does not increase it will take us still some 3 months to have 75% of the population of California vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity (other than Flip Flop Fauci who may believe that 90% is required).  In California 48,694,320 total doses have been given (86.7%  of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 83.8%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has not mover from  10th tied with Minnesota of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 56.7% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 53.3% and has not moved from 15th place as a percentage of the population fully vaccinated.
A  long way to go still to get herd immunity in terms of getting vaccines received into arms and the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to other states which means a great reason to recall this inept and hypocritical governor.
              Non  CV News: Biden and his puppet masters based on the inane attempts to justify the State Department’s role in preventing planes from taking off from Afghanistan clearly live in an Orwellian world Psaki with a straight face intones that the non-Americans on the grounded planes have not been vetted (a dime against a dollar winning bet is that of the 100,000 plus Afghans who have been flown out, few if any of those Afghans who were not SIVs, interpreters or translators were vetted before boarding the planes (Biden is now going to face what destroyed Carter who was a smart man with all of his brain cells working—a prolonged hostage crisis as the Taliban will demand money, recognition and with real chutzpah military professionals to repair all military equipment rendered inoperable); Harris is in California stumping for Newsom after opening were a blistering attack of the newly passed Texas abortion reform law (audience must fallen out of their seats when this poster child of incompetence proving Peter Principle was right did not blame Trump and by association Larry Elder for the wildfires raging in California; since there is zero vetting among the illegals surging across our Southern Border with thousands upon thousands of unvetted illegals release into the interior, in Biden’s failing mind he should see no issue with releasing unvetted or partially vetted Afghans into the United States; watching the top leaders of our military in action up to and during and following our withdrawal should give grave concern that it is being woked to death as opposed to being able to defend our national interests which concern has increased as the Biden Administration starts removing Trump appointees to advisory boards at our military academies; in a speech in the White House with a teleprompter Biden was praising and thanking unions for what they had done for the country and thanking them for their support of his political career than indicated to the crowd he was supposed to stop and walk out leading observers to question like many Americans of who is in charge? Biden or his puppet master handlers terrified he will reveal the extent of his mental failings and erosion; Mohammad Hasan Akhund, the acting Taliban prime minister is urging the Afghans who have fled the country even those who worked for the Americans to return home as they are needed to restore the country and promised their safety (given reports that the Taliban is actively hunting down Afghans who worked alongside U.S. troops and executing them and their families seems somewhat of a stretch to assume anyone would be dumb enough to heed Akhund’s plea); the tyranny of the left that will allow no disagreement with any of their ideas surfaced on Wednesday when Elder was pelted with an egg and his security detail was hit with a pellet from a pellet gun; the long delayed fraud trial for Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos, a blood testing startup which didn’t work and bilked millions from investors, is into its second day with her legal team claiming failure is not a fraud (good luck with that as she is alleged to concealed the fact that her device did not perform as she led investors to believe); while facing a decision of abortion is probably one of the most gut wrenching and emotionally stressful decision a woman must make, the left is going ballistic over it as the State of Oregon bands state employees from visiting Texas or in their official capacity purchasing goods and services, leave it to the political cartoonist to portray the feelings of one party to the debate:
Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through September 7, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 3179 persons shot of whom 540 have died.         
            As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a  music video link to  “Dilemma”  by Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland, that you have a well-trimmed sepiment on your property and a quote by President Ford on his pardon on Richard Nixon, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Halloween or Veterans  Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. Please contact me for details on pricing.
            1.  International Literacy Day—created by UNESCO on October 26,1996 and first celebrated on this day in 1997 to promote awareness of the importance of literacy to our economy, culture and daily living and to explore and promote programs and efforts to increase the literacy rate among the millions who are illiterate.     
           2.  World Physical Therapy Day—created by World Physiotherapy in 1966 to promote awareness of the contributions of physical therapists to a person’s mobility, health and independence.

              3. 2002 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 2002 on this day was “Dilemma” by Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland on a run in that position of 7 weeks to join 6 other songs that achieved number 1 status and join 3 acts who achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a music video of “Dilemma” by Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland: Nelly is a black rapper who has been in the business since 1993 and has sold some 21 million albums. Kelly has been singing since 1997 first for 4 years with Destiny’s Child and then on a solo career and in those two roles has sold over 100 million records.

              4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “sepiment” which means a hedge, barrier or fence which a good one of which Frost has told us makes good neighbors.
Name May or May Not Be an Omen
celebrating the birth on this day in 1989 of Swedish DJ, singer, song writer and remixer Tim Berlinger, better known to his fans as Avicii or Tom Hangs, who was instrumental in introducing electric music to radio but who drank heavily, suffered from pancreatitis, and mental health issues that forced him to stop touring in 2016 and continue to write songs. True to what he was experiencing aping his name Avicii which is a Buddhist term for a level of Hell but not true to the stage name Tom Hangs, he committed suicide not by hanging but by cutting himself with a piece of a broken wine bottle and then bleeding out on April 20, 2018.

              On this day in:
               a. 1935 Senator Huey P. Long aka “the Kingfish” was fatally wounded on the steps of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge by Carl Weiss who was shot to death 60 times by Long’s bodyguards. Long walked down the steps ran to hail a cab to take him to a nearby hospital where doctors operated on him but were unable to stop the bleeding and he died 2 days later.
               b. 1966 the landmark science fiction series Star Trek that brought the starship Enterprise with  Captain Kirk, Spock, Scottie and others into our homes debuted with its first episode “Man Trap.”  
              c. 1974 in a move that doomed us to the election of Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford deemed it to be in the best interest of the nation to heal the wounds of the Vietnam War and pardoned Richard Nixon for any criminal activity as a result of his being president.
              d. 1975 U.S. Air Force Tech Sergeant Leonard Matlovich, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, appeared on the cover of Time with the heading “I am a homosexual” to receive a general discharge from the service later upgraded to an honorable discharge.
              e. 2016 NASA launched its first asteroid recovery probe OSIRIS-Rex to explore asteroid 101955 Bennu and return with samples from it in 2023.  
              Reflections on Ford’s pardon of Nixon: “My conscience tells me clearly and certainly that I cannot prolong the bad dreams that continue to reopen a chapter that is closed. My conscience tells me that only I, as President, have the constitutional power to firmly shut and seal this book. My conscience tells me it is my duty, not merely to proclaim domestic tranquility but to use every means that I have to insure it. I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference. I do believe, with all my heart and mind and spirit, that I, not as President but as a humble servant of God, will receive justice without mercy if I fail to show mercy.
             Finally, I feel that Richard Nixon and his loved ones have suffered enough and will continue to suffer, no matter what I do, no matter what we, as a great and good nation, can do together to make his goal of peace come true.” President Gerald Ford announcing his pardon of Richard M. Nixon.
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